Cowboys Face Bears on Big Monday

Jan. 20, 2013

Oklahoma State (12-4, 2-2) at Baylor (12-5, 3-1)

4:30 pm | Monday, January 21, 2013

Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)

Television — ESPN

Brent Musburger | play-by-play

Fran Fraschilla | analyst

Holly Rowe | sideline reporter

Cox (OKC) — 29

Cox (Tulsa) — 25

Suddenlink — 31

direcTV — 206

Dish — 140

Radio — Cowboy Radio Network

Dave Hunziker | play-by-play

John Holcomb | analyst

Satellite Radio — Sirius 93 • XM 191

Game notes vs Baylor in PDF

Game Information

Oklahoma State travels to Waco, Texas, for a Big Monday game against Baylor. Tipoff for the game in the Ferrell Center is set for 4:30 pm, and the game will be televised on ESPN, with Brent Musburger handling the play-by-play duties, Fran Fraschilla providing expert analysis, and Holly Rowe reporting from the sideline. The Cowboys are 51-18 all-time against Baylor, including a 17-13 mark in Waco.

About Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State is 12-4 overall this season and 2-2 in Big 12 Conference action following a 79-45 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday. The Cowboys are currently ranked No. 39 according to

Markel Brown leads OSU offensively, averaging 15.2 ppg. Marcus Smart and Le’Bryan Nash are tied for second on the team in scoring at 13.3 ppg. Smart leads the Pokes in assists (70) and steals (44). Philip Jurick is the team leader in rebounds, averaging 7.4 per game. Phil Forte is also averaging in double figures in scoring at 11.2 points per contest.

The Cowboy defense is limiting its opponents to just 57.4 points per game and 37.3 percent shooting from the floor. OSU has held seven opponents under the half-century mark this year, a feat which has not been accomplished since the 1962-63 season. Five Cowboys have blocked 15 or more shots this season: Jurick  has 19, Kamari Murphy has blocked 16, while Smart, Brown and Michael Cobbins each have 15 blocked shots.

About Baylor

Baylor is 12-5 overall this season, including a 3-1 mark in Big 12 play and an 8-2 record at home. The Bears have won four of their last five, and their last six inside the Ferrell Center. Senior guard Pierre Jackson leads the team in both scoring (18.6 ppg) and assists (6.1 apg), while freshman center Isaiah Austin is averaging 14.6 points and a team-leading 8.6 rebounds per contest. Junior forward Cory Jefferson is third in scoring (13.2 ppg) and second in rebounding (8.4 rpg). As a team, the Bears have a +13.3 scoring margin and a +4.2 rebounding edge. They also force 2.4 more turnovers per game. Baylor is coached by Scott Drew, who is 169-129 in his 10th season in Waco.

Cowboy Quick Hits

• Oklahoma State leads the all-time series with Baylor 51-18, including a 17-13 mark in Waco. OSU won 18 of 19 from 1998-2007, giving the Cowboys a 22-8 record in the last 30 meetings vs the Bears.

• Cowboy junior Markel Brown blocked a career-high five shots against Baylor on March 1, 2011.

• Sophomore forward Michael Cobbins played a career-high 40 minutes against Baylor on Feb. 4, 2012.

• Senior center Philip Jurick played a career-high 30 minutes against Baylor on Jan. 14, 2012.

• Oklahoma State leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks ninth nationally in free-throw percentage at 76.2 percent.

• Among Big 12 teams, the Cowboys rank third in scoring defense (28th nationally), third in FG percentage defense (21st nationally), third in blocked shots, third in rebounding defense, third in defensive rebound percentage, fourth in steals, and fourth in defensive rebounds.

• Oklahoma State is the only team in the Big 12 Conference that has three different players ranked among the league’s top 10 and four among the top 20 in scoring.

• Marcus Smart leads the Big 12 and ranks seventh nationally in steals per game (2.75 spg). He moved past Corey Williams and into third place on the OSU freshman steals list, and has seven fewer than second-place Richard Dumas in 14 fewer games.

Series History vs Baylor

Oklahoma State leads the all-time series with Baylor 51-18, including a 17-13 mark in Waco. The Bears swept the Cowboys last season for the first time since the Big 12 was formed in 1996-97. Baylor has won seven of the last 11 games in the series, which followed a span in which OSU won 18 of 19, giving the Cowboys a 22-8 record in the last 30 meetings.

OSU has not won in the Ferrell Center since 2006, when the Cowboys handed Baylor a 66-48 loss on Jan. 14. The Bears have won six straight in Waco. 

Before the two teams became conference foes in 1996-97, they were actually part of the same league back in the early part of the 20th century. OSU and Baylor competed as part of the Southwest Conference in 1917-18 and again from 1921-22 to 1924-25. The Cowboys were 9-2 vs the Bears during that span.

Last Time vs the Bears

Baylor defeated Oklahoma State 64-60 in Stillwater on Feb. 4, completing the Bears’ first-ever sweep of the Cowboys. Despite a 25-point performance by Brian Williams, OSU was outrebounded 39-29 by BU, including 15 offensive rebounds.

Pierre Jackson scored 16 points for Baylor while Perry Jones shared scoring honors with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Quincy Acy also recorded a double-double with 12 rebounds and 11 points.

Keiton Page added 15 points for Oklahoma State while Le’Bryan Nash scored 11. However, OSU’s five starters played all but 21 of the 200 possible minutes in the game, with Marek Soucek and Christien Sager the only players to come off the bench for the Pokes.

Current Cowboys vs Baylor

Markel Brown has played in the last four games against Baylor, starting two and averaging 12 points per contest. He is shooting 51.6 percent from the floor and is 7-of-15 from beyond the arc. He has 18 rebounds, 11 assists, seven blocks and five steals against BU.

Michael Cobbins started both games last season and averaged five points and 5.5 rebounds along with four blocks. Le’Bryan Nash started two games as well, averaging 8.5 points. Philip Jurick started the game in Waco, scoring five points and grabbing seven boards.

Defensive Pride

Statistically, Oklahoma State is one of the top defensive teams in the Big 12 Conference. The Cowboys rank third in scoring defense, third in FG percentage defense, third in blocked shots, third in rebounding defense, third in defensive rebound percentage, fourth in steals, and fourth in defensive rebounds. The only defensive statistical category OSU doesn’t excel in is three-point FG percentage defense, where the Pokes rank seventh.

Although there are still 14 regular-season games remaining, this Cowboy defense ranks among the school’s best. Not since 1968-69 has an OSU squad allowed fewer than 60 points per game in a full season. This year’s team is allowing just 57.4 ppg through 16 contests. Oklahoma State has had just three seasons when the team has blocked five or more shots per game; this year’s team is averaging 5.2 bpg. OSU is currently allowing a 37.3 FG percentage on defense, which would rank in the top 10 in school history.

The Cowboys have held seven opponents to less than 36 percent shooting from the floor and two below 30 percent. OSU ranks 21st nationally in field-goal percentage defense, 28th in scoring defense and 34th in scoring margin.

Keeping it Under 50

Oklahoma State has held its opponent under the half-century mark seven times this season, the most since 1962-63 when the Cowboys held 10 opponents under 50 points. The Pokes limited South Florida and Missouri State to fewer than 50 points in back-to-back games, and accomplished that same feat against UT Arlington and Tennessee Tech. Three times since 2001-02 has OSU held consecutive opponents to under 50 points, and all three have occurred in the last two seasons.

Balanced Scoring

Oklahoma State is the only team in the Big 12 Conference that has four different players ranked among the league’s top 20 in scoring as well as three ranked among the top 10. Markel Brown ranks fourth (15.2 ppg), Marcus Smart and Le’Bryan Nash are tied for 10th (13.6 ppg), and Phil Forte ranks 19th (11.2) in the Big 12 scoring ranks. Baylor has three scorers ranked among the top 12, Kansas has three among the top 15 and Iowa State has three in the top 20.

Free-Throw Shooting

Oklahoma State leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks ninth nationally in free-throw percentage at 76.2 percent. The next-closest team in the league is Kansas at 74.9 percent. Five different Cowboys are shooting better than 75 percent from the line: Phil Forte (.886), Markel Brown (.810), Le’Bryan Nash (.793), Michael Cobbins (.786) and Marcus Smart (.764).

Block Party

As a team, Oklahoma State is averaging 5.2 blocked shots per game, good for third in the Big 12 and 32nd nationally. That average currently ranks as the fourth-highest average in school history.

Three current players also rank among the top-15 shot blockers in school history. With a blocked shot against Texas Tech, Markel Brown has 67 in his career and ranks 11th in school history. He needs seven to move into the top 10. Philip Jurick has a team-high 19 blocks this season and 66 in his career, moving past Richard Dumas and into 12th. As a sophomore, Michael Cobbins already has 64 blocked shots, ranking 14th. He is averaging 1.45 blocks per game in his career, which would rank fifth in school history with enough games played.

Jurick is eighth, Kamari Murphy is tied for 10th, and Marcus Smart and Brown are tied for 15th individually in the Big 12 for blocked shots.

Top Shot-Blocking Guard

With a blocked shot against Tennessee Tech, Markel Brown surpassed James Anderson for the most career blocks ever by a Cowboy guard. With one vs Texas Tech, Brown now has 67 in his 2-1/2 year career. Anderson had 60 blocked shots in 101 games, while Brown reached that mark in 77 contests. The current Cowboy also has the most blocked shots ever by a player under 6-5.

Turnover Margin

Oklahoma State ranks third in the Big 12 Conference and 72nd nationally in turnover margin, averaging 2.2 fewer turnovers per game than its opponents. Kansas State leads the league with a +2.5 turnover margin and Baylor is secont at +2.4. The current turnover margin for OSU would rank seventh in school history. Oklahoma State has had a plus turnover margin greater than 3.0 just three times in school history, including the school record +3.5 turnover margin created during the 1997-98 season. 

The Stat Sheet Stuffer

Marcus Smart fills the stat sheet better than anyone else in the league. He is the only player in the Big 12 Conference who ranks among league’s leaders statistically in all five major categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots). Kansas’ Ben McLemore ranks among the best in four categories, and eight others rank in three categories. Smart leads the league in steals, is sixth in assists, is tied for 10th in scoring, is tied for 15th in blocked shots and ranks 17th in rebounding. He is also eighth in minutes played, ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio, 11th in free-throw percentage and 13th in defensive rebounds. That’s nine different statistical categories in which he ranks among the Big 12’s top 20.

Stop, Thief!

Marcus Smart has 44 steals through 16 games this season, an average of 2.75 thefts per game which leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks seventh nationally. That average ranks as the second-highest in school history, behind only Brooks Thompson’s 2.9 steal-per-game average as a senior in 1993-94. Smart’s total is the third-most among all-time freshmen in school history. He’s on pace to challenge the Big 12 freshman record of 89, set by Kansas’ Mario Chalmers in 2005-06 in 33 games.

Team Rebounding

Six Cowboys are currently averaging at least 4.3 rebounds a game. Philip Jurick leads the team with 7.4 rpg, while Marcus Smart is averaging 5.4 rpg. Kamari Murphy is averaging 5.3 rpg, while Michael Cobbins is grabbing 4.8 rpg. Le’Bryan Nash is grabbing 4.5 per game and Markel Brown is averaging 4.3 rpg.

Since 1994-95, Oklahoma State has had three-consecutive games with 40 or more rebounds on only four occasions, including twice this season. The others were in 1996-97 and 1997-98. OSU has grabbed at least 40 rebounds in eight of 16 games this year. Last season, the Cowboys recorded 40 or more rebounds in a game just five times.



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